By Alex Kapadia
Formula One teams are expected to opt for a variety of radical tactics and strategies in a bit to get to grips with Pirelli’s new super soft tyres and secure a good result in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for the Italian tyres manufacturer, revealed a two-stop approach is likely to become a race-winning strategy on Sunday.
However, it is still unclear whether it would be better for teams to start on a prime rather than the option tyre for the race through the streets of Monte Carlo.
Hembery said: “I think teams will probably do two stops, because they are going to have to use the super soft,” explained Hembery.
“If I was in Q2 [so qualified outside the top ten] I would have a real go at trying to overtake the first runners by having an extended first stint on the soft and then putting the super soft on at the end, when you have a light fuel load and have got the pace.
“Here track position is a premium but some of them will have to adopt some very different strategies for once and maybe not just go with the flow.”